While in the military, I spent time as a communications operator running satellite systems, computer networks and phones services for our team while deployed to Iraq. A motto we adopted to keep us focused on our primary objectives was “waste wire, not man hour.” The underlying principle here is one that Chick-Fil-A is also familiar with as their sign reads, “Closed on Sunday: The day is worth more than the dollar.” Time is a fleeting thing, and material possessions will all lose their luster and pass away. This is why the Bible has much to say about making the best use of our time (Psalm 90:12; Ephesians 5:15-17; Colossians 4:5).

As you go through your day, consider these questions with regard to how you’re spending your time:

1. What are you currently pursuing that you shouldn’t be?

Are you consumed with pursuing some material possession, status or wealth? Is currently the apple of your eye a new toy, a new job title or a new digit in your retirement portfolio? Fantasizing about what could be is a great way to kill time if that’s what you’re aiming for, but it rarely gets you anywhere. Wake up, stay alert and give your all to those with you today. Tomorrow will worry about itself.

2. What are you currently holding on to that you need to give up?

Indeed you may be in engaged in much “good” activity, but what’s good is not necessarily best. When is the last time you consulted God about those things you’re currently doing? If it’s been a while, there is good chance that those clinched fists of yours are preventing you from experiencing the best God has for you and the best He has for those you love. Do rob yourself or your loved ones of that blessing.

3. What are you currently pushing aside that you need to embrace?

Is there a relationship you’ve been neglecting or an unfulfilled promise you need to make good on? Are your loved ones in agreement with you on this? You’d better go ask her…

There will always be more wire, there will always be another day to sell chicken, but the time you have with those you love is slipping away with each passing second. It’s up to you to make the most of it.

Be sure to check out our next post where we’ll discuss 3 Practices for Making the Best Use of Time.